Out to Lunch

OUT TO LUNCH finds economist and Tulane finance professor Peter Ricchiuti conducting business New Orleans style: over lunch at Commander's Palace restaurant. Each week Peter invites guests from the New Orleans business renaissance to join him. The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Inc magazine have all named New Orleans the best city in the USA to be an entrepreneur. Out to Lunch is the cafeteria of the new New Orleans entrepreneurial movement. You can also hear the show on WWNO 89.9FM.

Photo by Rick Lineberger

bra strap 'n shades

bra strap 'n shades
February 26, 2015

Just when you think there's nothing new under the sun, along comes Lisa McKenzie and Oohla Bra, her NOLA company that turns underwear into outerwear. Oohla Bra has over 65 designer bra straps - strings of pearls, beads, and sparkling delights that switch places with the regular strap on your convertible or strapless bra, transforming your everyday bra strap into a work of art.  Lisa's sparkling straps are in more than 300... Read More »

Highbrow Highway

Highbrow Highway
February 19, 2015

If you spend any time driving, you probably know the name “Lamar.” You've no doubt seen it on a billboard. But Lamar is not a product – it’s the name of the company that owns the billboard. In fact Lamar owns more interstate billboards and outdoor advertising than just about anybody in America. And they're based in Baton Rouge. The CEO of Lamar Advertising, Sean Reilly, is Peter's guest on Out to... Read More »

Mover Shaker Maker

Mover Shaker Maker
February 12, 2015

In business, as in everything else, each generation finds a way to separate itself from the past. One of the interesting current generational shifts is the use of new technology to adapt and carry forward skills developed by previous generations. This group of folks call themselves “Makers.” Eric Bernstein is a local proponent of the Maker movement and founder of a company called Werkly. And on this show Peter welcomes back one of... Read More »

The Revolution Continues

The Revolution Continues
January 22, 2015

One of the questions people in the business community have been asking is, What happens when the post-Katrina economic rejuvenation gets old? Are the next generation of innovators going to go someplace else? Peter's guests on today’s show answer that question with a resounding “no.” They both head up new and growing businesses that have been born out of New Orleans’ revolution in education. Libby Fischer is CEO of Whetstone Education, a... Read More »

Cut Through The Clutter

Cut Through The Clutter
January 1, 2015

If you’ve ever been in business, or been employed by a company of more than 3 people, you’ll know that one of the hallmarks of every organization is well, organization. The best laid plans of small companies and big corporations  can easily get lost in the mess of daily duties and decisions. Being able to identify and execute your intentions clearly is a vital part of any  successful business. Virginia Barkley has... Read More »

Your Secret Life

Your Secret Life
December 25, 2014

When we get up and go to work each day, most of us assume that everyone else going to work is a decent person like ourselves. Even if we have competitors, our basic assumption is that they’re okay people – after all, they’re doing the same thing we are. That’s not what going to work is like for Peter's guests on today’s show. For both of them, their daily occupation is... Read More »

The Art of Buildings

The Art of Buildings
December 11, 2014

New Orleans is a beautiful city. But very little of that beauty is natural. Even our magnificent parks and tree lined avenues are planned and planted. Mostly, when we talk about the beauty of New Orleans, we’re talking about buildings. Almost every commercial building has some sort of art-work on it. We don’t typically refer to it as “art” - we more often call it a “sign” – and many commercial... Read More »

The Show Must Go On

The Show Must Go On
November 20, 2014

Now that the Katrina-darkened footlights are back on at the Saenger, the Mahalia Jackson and the Civic, theater is big business in New Orleans. Peter's guests on out to Lunch are two of the people who brought these theaters back to life and who operate them.  Bryan Bailey is co-owner and Managing Partner of the Civic Theater. David Skinner is General Manager of the Saenger and the Mahalia Jackson theaters. After millions of dollars... Read More »

Bio Bayou

Bio Bayou
November 13, 2014

There are a number of New Orleans businesses that are as much a part of the unique vocabulary of New Orleanians as “muffuletta” and “poboy.” Some of them – like K&B and Schwegmans – are in the “aint dere no more” category. One New Orleans institution that is still here is what we call either “Oxner” or “Oshner.” However you say it, everybody in New Orleans knows what you mean. Its real... Read More »

The Power and The Shrimp

The Power and The Shrimp
October 30, 2014

If you live in New Orleans you’re familiar with this scenario: You’re having a perfectly normal day when suddenly you groan, “Oh noooo.” You're not watching the Saints’ defense, it's that other sinking feeling you get as a New Orleanian - when the power goes off. Today on Out to lunch Peter takes a look at the other 364 days, 23 hours in the life of New Orleans’ Fortune 500 company,... Read More »

French Market Film Market

French Market Film Market
October 16, 2014

In New Orleans we have an uneasy relationship with progress. We want to grow, but not like Atlanta. Or Houston. Or Austin. Or pretty much any economically successful Southern city.  One of the battlegrounds where we fight to retain our local identity and accommodate a changing economy is The French Market. A glance at the French Market’s website summarizes the city’s conflict: “3 centuries of history. 6 blocks of shopping.” The person... Read More »

Swamp Thing

Swamp Thing
October 9, 2014

Hansel Harlan minces up nutria and feeds' em to the dogs as super healthy Marsh Dog biscuits, treats, and jerky.  Arthur Matherne zips around the swamp on an airboat, occasionally with superstars and sometimes shooting alligators. Read More »

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